If we allow alien invaders to destroy our soda machines in Earth Defense Force 5, what’s left on this planet worth defending?
In the world of video game soda machine preservation, there are obscure platforms, and then there are obscure platforms. This vending machine appears in Backseat Bingo, a game that’s included in the Chrysler Pacifica’s Uconnect rear seat entertainment system. It might also be the priciest game archived here at the site, with an MSRP around $33,000.
Thanks to Jenna Fischer from The Office for the tip. No, really!
Some soda machines make a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them appearance in the trailer for Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. Thanks for the screenshots, Tikhon!
Shenmue’s drink machines are iconic, so it’s not surprising that Ryo stumbles across a few in Shenmue III. This time around, the developers relied on stock Unreal Engine vending machine assets, previously seen in games like Estranged: Act II, SCUM, and Emily Wants to Play Too. Nevertheless, a familiar soda machine is better than no soda machine at all!
Thanks to dnekuen on Reddit for helping me track these down! [Source]
I’ve spent forever trying to track down a copy of Truck Kyousoukyoku: Ai to Kanashimi no Rodeo (Truck Mad Dash Melody: Rodeo of Love and Sadness) for the PlayStation 2 so I could capture a screenshot of these beachside soda machines.
In the process, I also learned about dekotora—the Japanese word for flamboyantly decorated art trucks like the ones featured in Truck Kyousoukyoku. At last, I have some cultural context for the tricked-out trucks that occasionally appear in the background of Street Fighter stages!
This drink machine is from Simple DS Series Vol. 8: The Kanshikikan – Kinkyuu Shutsudou!! Jiken Genba wo Touch Seyo, a visual novel for the Nintendo DS. I’ve developed a real knack over the past few years of muddling through dialogue trees in Japanese visual novels in order to screenshot the inevitable Act 2 soda machine, despite my inability to read even a single word of Japanese.